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- Roman Quinn: The Phillies get three games against the Mets later this week. Put a big red circle around Friday vs Steven Matz and Saturday vs Noah Syndergaard. They lead the league in steals against a pitcher with 25 and 26 respectively. Quinn has been playing fairly regularly and a long leash to run. His .484 OBP the last two weeks isn’t sustainable, but he’s showing a great hit tool.
- Ramon Laureno: Added by popular demand. Drawing walks and getting hits to get on base. Also has a hose of an arm.
- Eric Young, Jr.: He should draw a couple starts against Texas lefties Jeffrey Springs and Mike Minor. Young has always had a good split against LHP and he’s been running more in the last month (4 SBs in August).
- Joey Wendle: Four swipes in the last two weeks and getting a series against Toronto. Russell Martin has struggled all year.
- Alex Gordon: Somebody’s feeling better. Gordon had a hot streak early on but got dinged up like usual. He’s on mission lately, taking 5 bags the last 14 days. That’s likely to continue against the Indians and Twins who are both below average.
- Saves Chase: Chaz Roe. Sergio Romo hasn’t pitched in a week. Roe and Jose Alvarado are the likely fill-ins while Romo’s rested. Alvarado got the last save, but he’s a lefty and you know how that goes.